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Evan E.J. Haglund

Chief of Police


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House Check

Residents can come to the Topsfield Police Department and complete a Vacant House Check Form that will allow police officers to periodically check your residence to ensure its safety while you are gone.

Residents interested in this program are to come to the Topsfield Police Department to complete and sign a Vacant House Check Form a few days before your departure. We ask that you call the Topsfield Police Department upon your return.

We have listed some additional safety tips when leaving your residence for any extended period of time.

-Make your home look as lived-in as possible while you're away.

-Let your neighbors and the Topsfield Police know. You can fill out a Vacant House Check Form and drop it off at the police station.

-Give a spare key to a neighbor you trust and give them an emergency telephone number to reach you.

-Arrange to have your mail and newspapers either stopped or picked up daily.

-Have someone mow your yard or rake the leaves so your house looks lived-in.

-Use automatic timers to turn on a radio, television and lights at different times to hide the fact you are not home.

-Turn down the ringer on the telephone. An unanswered telephone is a dead give-away.

-Be sure you dont announce your absence on your answering machine message.

-Leave your blinds like you normally would if you were home. Only close them all the way if that is what you would normally do.

-Be sure to close and lock the garage as well as any storage sheds, gates, etc.

-Engrave all your valuables with your driver's license number. If possible, videotape the contents of your home. Be sure to keep the video and list of valuables in a safety deposit box.

-Ask your neighbor to occasionally park in your driveway. If you are leaving a vehicle parked outside, have the neighbor move it periodically so it looks as though you are home.

If you have any additional questions please contact the Topsfield Police Department at 978-887-6533

Essex Regional 911 Alerts Information Links

As of January 1st, 2018, the Town of Topsfield will switch systems for emergency alerting to Essex Regional 911 Alerts. Essex Regional 911 Alerts is a state-of-the-art infrastructure, administered by Essex Regional 911, in partnership with SwiftReach Networks utilizing their Swift911 platform. Topsfield residents, employees, and affiliates continue to have the same capabilities for emergency notifications by telephone and now have expanded access to alerts by other means including phone calls and social media. Topsfield residents, employees, and affiliates are able to also subscribe to other communities that have signed onto the platform. Residents will be able to setup their own accounts and manage their messaging preferences as they desire. Subscribers to the former Nixle system: please be aware that if your contact information exists in the previous system, it will not be transferred into the new system. To register for an account or to sign up for alerts, click on the icon below or visit www.ecrecc.org/alerts to get started.


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